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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

AOL does the management shuffle

September 12, 2002 8:00 pm | by Karen Brown | Comments

Following hints that a major housecleaning was in the works, America Online Inc. has reshuffled its executive ranks. The changes are aimed at reversing AOL's flagging dial-up-subscriber growth and dwindling profitability. They may also be an effort to restore confidence in the unit's financial practices in the wake of investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department o...

nCUBE inks apartment VOD deal

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Japan's apartment manager Leopalace 21 Corp. plans to deploy nCUBE Corp.'s video-on-demand servers. Financial terms were not disclosed. Leopalace 21 will use nCUBE's platform to deliver on-demand content to 100,000 subscribers in apartment buildings in Japan. On-demand content available to subscribers will include Hollywood movies, local movies and programming and Japanese animation programs.

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BT to trial SDSL

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Looking beyond its ADSL customer base, British Telecommunications plans to launch a symmetrical DSL (SDSL) trial in London next month. In the initial phase of the trial, BT will test the service with up to 20 service providers and telecom operators. The services will be delivered through 20 local exchanges in London.

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FCC may cancel $16 billion wireless auction

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Yochi Dreazen | Comments

Copyright 2002 The Chronicle Publishing Co. The San Francisco Chronicle…09/12/2002 From LexisNexis In a move with large implications for the battered wireless industry, federal regulators will likely free major carriers of their obligation to pay the $16 billion they bid during a government auction of spectrum licenses, according to people familiar with the matter.

iMagicTV, SaskTel team for the triple play

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Telecom service provider SaskTel has teamed with software provider iMagicTV to deliver voice, video and data over DSL services to more than 80,000 households in Regina, Canada. SaskTel will use iMagicTV's Media Manager software to deliver its service package, dubbed Max Interactive Services, which encompasses DSL Internet access and interactive television services.

Cox eyes nationwide digital ad insertion rollout

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

After rolling out local digital ad insertion services in its Phoenix and Orange County, Calif. systems, Cox Communications Inc. is ready to take the service national, and is turning to SeaChange International Inc. to make it happen. Cox plans to deploy SeaChange's Transport Streams Inserter digital cable ad insertion gear in its largest systems this year, with the remaining systems receiving th...

Adelphia holds out on Rigas' severance

September 11, 2002 8:00 pm | by David Lieberman | Comments

Copyright 2002 Gannett Company, Inc. USA TODAY…09/12/2002 From LexisNexis NEW YORK — Lawyers for Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas say the No. 6 cable company has reneged on a severance agreement it made in May — and the one-time CEO is retaliating by refusing to place his stock into a voting trust.

WorldCom searches for new CEO

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Less than five months after stepping in as WorldCom Inc.'s president and CEO, John Sidgmore will step aside once a replacement is found. Sidgmore took the reins at WorldCom after its former head honcho Bernard Ebbers resigned under pressure in April. In June, the company revealed that it had misreported nearly $4 billion in expenses, but later revised that number to $7.

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9/11: One year later

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

September 11: The one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America is upon us. While many companies across the nation are pausing to remember those lost, these same companies are standing proud that they have continued on in the face of the threat of terror. Since the attacks last year, the broadband industry is marching forward.

P-Com, Telaxis set to merge

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

What do a wireless telecom product provider and a wireless fiber optic connectivity product developer have in common? Plenty, say the CEOs of P-Com Inc. and Telaxis Communications Corp. So much so in fact that the two companies have agreed to merge their operations. Working as one, the combined company will be able to offer a wider range of telecom products to meet the bandwidth needs of carrie...

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S-A caters to Europe/Asia iTV markets

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Why should the North Americans have all the interactive fun? Scientific-Atlanta Inc. has unveiled an interactive DVB system to assist cable operators outside of North America in rolling out digital broadcast and interactive TV services. The interactive system, dubbed EyeQ, is designed to enable the rollout of interactive services such as on-demand applications, set-top- and network-based person...

Cox sees brighter days in 2003

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cox Communications Inc. will be seeing black a little sooner than it had expected. The MSO plans to reduce capital expenditures to achieve free cash flow positive for the entire year 2003. The company expects to slash capital expenditures from $2 billion in 2002 to $1.6 billion in 2003, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Hayes said Monday during a Morgan Stanley 7th Annual Global Communications Conf...

EarthLink, consumer advocates want more info from Comcast

September 10, 2002 8:00 pm | by Akweli Parker | Comments

Copyright 2002 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service Philadelphia Inquirer…09/11/2002 From LexisNexis PHILADELPHIA — Consumer advocates and at least one large Internet provider, fearing Comcast Corp.'s growing influence over the Internet, are demanding that the Philadelphia-based company divulge details of a complex agreement it reached last month wit...

Mediacom taps Concurrent, SeaChange for fall VOD rollouts

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Jeff Baumgartner | Comments

Mediacom Communications Corp. will spread the video-on-demand wealth this fall when the MSO rolls out the advanced service in two more markets: Des Moines, Iowa and the Quad Cities of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa; and Moline and Rock Island, Ill. Mediacom will once again use Concurrent Computer Corp.

OpenTV, MIH together again

September 9, 2002 8:00 pm | by Susan Rush | Comments

OpenTV has inked a multi-platform licensing agreement with its former owner MIH Limited. The deal has an up-front value of roughly $4 million. As part of the multi-year deal, MIH will deploy OpenTV's iTV technology and bundled content on its pay television platforms. Content to be supplied by OpenTV includes chat, news, sports, weather, horoscopes and the PlayJam games and entertainment channel...

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